The Life of the Buddha (Penguin Classics)
Tenzin Chogyel, Kurtis R. Schaeffer
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A blueprint for a life of mindfulness, dedicated to the easing of suffering both for oneself and for others
The story of Shakyamuni Buddha’s epic journey to enlightenment is perhaps the most important narrative in the Buddhist tradition. Tenzin Chögyel’sThe Life of the Buddha, composed in the mid–eighteenth century and now in a vivid new translation, is a masterly storyteller’s rendition of the twelve acts of the Buddha. Chögyel’s classical tale seamlessly weaves together the vast and the minute, the earthly and the celestial, reflecting the near-omnipresent aid of the gods alongside the Buddha’s moving final reunion with his devoted son, Rahula. The Life of the Buddha has the power to engage people through a deeply human story with cosmic implications.
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wits.” He gave a similar verse to each of the other four guardian kings, and transformed their four bowls into a single bowl. The merchants Trapusha and Bhalika then offered the food to him and in turn the Buddha praised them. “You who work the gods’ blessing, Who bring blessings to every quarter Your noble aims will be fulfilled, And all will be set right for you.” The Buddha gave them many blessings, and he predicted that they would become Buddhas such as Madhisambhava. So for seven
“Please, would you sit on this cushion?” The Teacher sat on the cushion and spoke at length to the disciples so that he might boost their faith in him. “Long-lived Gautama!” they said. “Your senses seem clear. Your skin is totally pure. Have you actually perfected the vision of wisdom?” “You must not refer to the Transcendent One as ‘Long-lived,’” said the Buddha. “Living for a long time brings nothing more than unhappiness. I have attained the essence. I am a Buddha. And I am omniscient; did
Suddhodana (zas gtsang). King of the Shakya tribe, Buddha Shakyamuni’s father. Chap. 2. Sujata (legs skyes ma). A village woman who provides food to Buddha Shakyamuni when he is starving. Chap. 7. Tanha (sred ma). One of Mara’s daughters. Chap. 9. Udraka Ramaputra (rang byed kyi bu lhag spyod). An early teacher of Buddha Shakyamuni. Chap. 6. Upananda (nyer dga'). A serpent king present at Buddha Shakyamuni’s birth. Chap. 3. Vagishvarakirti (ngag gi dbang phyug grags pa). A later Indian
Tibetan Buddhist Canons, no. 353). Butön, History of Buddhism, vol. 1, p. 108. Scripture of the White Lotus of Compassion: Isshi Yamada, Karunapundarika, London: School of Oriental and African Studies, 1968. Butön, History of Buddhism, vol. 1, p. 108. Scripture of the Three Collections: Phung po gsum pa zhes bya ba theg pa chen po'i mdo. Sde dge Bka' 'gyur, Mdo sde, vol. Ya, 57a3–77a3 (Complete Catalog of the Tibetan Buddhist Canons, no, 284). Partial translation in Brian Beresford, translator,
p. 158. Who has so many qualities: Shackleton Bailey, The Satapancasatka of Matrceta, verse 8. CHAPTER FOUR: EDUCATION Education: Tibetan text: pp. 274.4–277.3. Bays, The Voice of the Buddha, chapters 9–11. “This person is quite wonderful!”: Rgya cher rol pa zhes bya ba theg pa chen po'i mdo, fol. 67a. Bays, The Voice of the Buddha, vol. 1, p. 188. Butön, History of Buddhism, vol. 2, p. 13. “He comes as a great sea to cool”: Bays, The Voice of the Buddha, vol. 1, p. 202. “At the time that